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  • T Besides the Will of Evil

    A shadow from the deep past returns to threaten Equestria, along with all the world. Can Twilight Sparkle and her friends be a light in the dark?  · Jetfire2012
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I suppose it's only natural that "Dangerous Business," as its title is so commonly shortened, should find its way to FIMfiction.  This is the premiere destination for MLP fanfics nowadays, and it would seem amiss if a story that so many people have read did not take its place here.

As most of you know by now, this is a story about Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity, going out on a grand adventure into lands beyond Equestria to save the life of Twilight Sparkle.  It's about those three ponies growing both separately and together, and it's about exploring just what makes up the world where Friendship Is Magic takes place.  It's a story about growth, struggle, and sacrifice.  Nopony in it leaves it unchanged.

You will notice, if you have read this story before, that I have removed a lot of the use of bold text and some of the uses of italics.  I really did use a great deal of marked-up text in this story, far more than is actually necessary to convey meaning and emphasis.  Hopefully this makes for a cleaner read.

A huge debt is owed to everyone who has read this story since I started writing it way back in 2011.  You all helped me keep going when my spirit seemed to falter.  It is for you that I place this story here- and for you that I write what will come next.

EDIT: 3,000 views!  I'm deeply honored.

First Published
16th Apr 2014
Last Modified
16th Apr 2014
#1 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh look what got posted. This sat in moderation for awhile.

#2 · 35w, 5d ago · 18 · · Chapter 20 ·

I have fond memories of this story.

#3 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh, this looks interesting.

:trixieshiftright:

#4 · 35w, 5d ago · 7 · · Chapter 20 ·

So what is it about? Other than Applejack dressing up as Kaine from FF2.

#5 · 35w, 5d ago · 19 · · Chapter 20 ·

This was one of the first big fics in this fandom wasn't it? Hard to believe its been so long since it was written. It has a few problems with the world-building if I recall but overall its a pretty solid fic.

#6 · 35w, 5d ago · 13 · · Chapter 20 ·

Is this...?

Is this truly it?

~Skeeter The Lurker

#7 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh hey, I remember this one. It makes me want to go marathon season one.

#8 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh hey, one of the epics of yore. It aged well. Still awesome.

#9 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · 1 · Chapter 20 ·

Favorite for the title alone. Will read momentarily.

#10 · 35w, 5d ago · 14 · 1 · Chapter 20 ·

Description should describe the story. What's currently there is much more of an Author's note kind of thing (no one would complain if you put it at the top of the first chapter). Not everyone knows what your story is about!

#11 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240173

Yes Skeeter. Yes it is.

#12 · 35w, 5d ago · 11 · · Chapter 20 ·

It...its here! ITS HERE! ITS HERE!!

The fic that got me back into fanfiction. The fic that got me my writing mojo back and made me love reading fanfics again. You wonderful piece of fiction you! Welcome to the site you wonderful piece of writing!

Oh the things I want to say about this, the reasons why I love it and why it is a fantastic piece of brony fics! This is the stuff I look for in good writing.

I owe so much to this fic, that I can't put it into words.

#13 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I remember this. I LOVED this.  I need to read it again.  (Although I do agree that maybe you should put an actual description at the top of your description, so that people who haven't been reading ponyfic forever will know what this is about.)

#14 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240232

...Gonna be reading the SHIT out of this.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#15 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh hey, look, the fic everyone says is good.

Time to go on an adventure! :pinkiegasp:

#16 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh, My gosh!:rainbowkiss:

I read this fic so long ago, it was one of the first MLP fics I ever read, and now I can put it in my favorite lists with Fallout: Equestria and the Moonstone Cup! Thank you oh so much! I love you forever!:rainbowkiss:

#17 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240179

What he said. This brings back fond memories of the early fic scene in the fandom. For real, this was the first epic-length fic I ever read, and it's still one of the best. Also the first fic I ever marathoned, that is I read it all in the span of two days. At work. Instead of doing my job.

So glad you finally moved it here. :ajsmug:

Eldorado
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#18 · 35w, 5d ago · 17 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240224 Actually, yeah, what he said. Your description isn't really adequate in this state. Would you mind sticking in a short blurb so people know what happens in this story if they haven't read it before?

#19 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

This was the fic that really got me into ponies. and now it's here :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

#20 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

Hey there! Welcome to FIMFic. Saw your prior to moving to FIMFic, good to see you here.

Anyhow, best of luck!

#21 · 35w, 5d ago · 3 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240224

Yeah, gotta agree with this dude, only the short description really gives a clue to the reader what the actual story is about. :twilightoops:

#22 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · 1 · Chapter 20 ·

Um ,what is this and why is everyone making such a big deal about it?

(Joined the fandom in late 2012)

#23 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269 Twilight is injured in a magical accident and Rarity, Applejack and Rainbow Dash have to go find a cure for her. Worldbuilding ensues

Basically, this is ponies as written by Tolkien

#24 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh my gosh! It's finally here! I plan on rereading this soon enough and properly commenting. Just want to say, I loved this story when I first read it! It is truly one of the best MLP fanfictions ever written. :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

#25 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh I remember reading this way back, good old classic =)

#26 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

Read this fic back in the day, was one of the first fics I ever read, and it was friggin' epic.  Loved the shit out of it, even if it hit its high  point rather early on.

Instant Like and Fav. Welcome to fimfiction, Jetfire.

--CG

#27 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269

It was one of the best fan fics of 2011, when season one was pretty much over if I remember right. Basically, it's Lord of the Rings meets Friendship is Magic.

#28 · 35w, 5d ago · 6 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269

You have to understand the context of the fandom when this was written. This was one of the first major full-length fanfics for Pony at the time. Prior to this, most everything was one-shots posted on 4chan and capped by Seth or the like. There was the occasional multi-chapter fic, but nothing of this length or quality.

#30 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269

I joined in late 2012 and I've heard of this story. Read it back when it was on Equestria Daily. This is an MLP fanfiction classic. Probably one of the best MLP fanfictions ever written.

#31 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

Congratulations on hitting the front page... :)

#32 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269 There was a time when this story was just as popular as Fallout: Equestria.

You get the vibe of Lord of the Rings from its worldbuilding and action.

The general plot is a group of three finding a purple flower that can cure an illness that happens to be guarded by a giant worm

Actually, that sounds like Three's a Crowd.

#33 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269

Its like

>>4240298

>>4240305

Said, this one of the first epic fics that came out around the time when Season 1 ended. In the midst of things like Fallout Equestria and Past Sins, this one came out in the midst of those two legends. This fic was one of those that was just accessable enough to new readers that it could draw us in. It was one of those that just appeared hen we weren't sure we could have things like FOE and Past Sins, a Fimfiction, or anything we have now. Also, it was the first to be completed and most like the show to keep the people entertained.

#34 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240269 As far as I know, this story pretty much invented a bunch of concepts, too.  It was the first story I ever saw with earth pony magic, for example.  And I definitely blame this for the deer=elves thing that is super-common in pony fantasy stories.  This was hugely influential.

#35 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

oh my god yes.

The story that got me started on pony fanfiction has finally been archived in fimfiction.

#36 · 35w, 5d ago · 3 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240243

*cough* Forgot the ribbon.*cough*

So happy to see this fic here at last!  I've been waiting to be able to put this on my user page favorites for 2 years, and now I can :pinkiecrazy:

#37 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240354

Whatever.  Read the fic.

~Skeeter The Lurker

#38 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240254

At work. Instead of doing my job.

So what you are saying is that nothing has changed. :trollestia:

#39 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240315

>>4240298

>>4240295

>>4240279

>>4240334

>>4240346

>>4240351

Cheers, guys. I thought Fimfiction was the only place that pony fanfics were ever published, so pardon my ignorance.

On that note, looks like I have a new project to begin...

Edit: Top of the feature box. Well, that was quick.

#40 · 35w, 5d ago · 5 · · Chapter 20 ·

Instant like, instant favorite, instant feature.

Sounds about right for what's probably one of the top(est) shelf fics in the fandom.

#41 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

Going by the fact that the title is a direct quote from The Fellowship of the Ring, this had best be some sort of LotR crossover, or at least an adventure like that...

#42 · 35w, 5d ago · 4 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240358

Son, I read this fic before we even knew Twilight had a brother :moustache::trollestia:

Now I feel old...

#43 · 35w, 5d ago · 1 · · Chapter 20 ·

Holy crap, it's here.

If I hadn't read this story in those halcyon days of 2011, I would never have started writing fanfiction. Not just fanfiction about ponies -- fanfiction at ALL. Horrendously opposed to it before, actually.

For what my gratitude is worth, thanks for posting this here. Looking forward to reliving my earlier participation in the fandom by reading this soon. :D

#44 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh man, now this takes me back.  To like, this time in 2011, but still.

Seriously, this is like Tolkien for the fandom in some ways.  Deer!Elves, Earth Pony Magic, Horns generalized as magical implements regardless of species, huge influence on the early thinking about the geography of Equestria.  Good stuff.

#45 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

You trying to tell me this wasn't here before? That's crazy! I remember reading this while waiting for Season 2, had the fantastic luck to discover the series in the break between the first two seasons really shortly after the first one ended, and I got super hooked to it. So in a desperate attempt to get more pony, I turned to fanfics.

Boy, was I glad I did when I found this one.

And I'm freaking reading it again to commemorate, aw yeah!

#46 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

Ogeez.

I was meaning to read this about two years ago. Then I forgot. Crap.

But now it's here, so I can have my favorites tracker constantly nag me about it. Hooray!

#47 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240376

>before we even knew Twilight had a brother

So, what, late S2? This was written just after S1.

#48 · 35w, 5d ago · · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240392

I think I read it on the post season 1 hiatus, actually.  Feels like forever ago.

#49 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

>>4240334

Thank God I'm not the only one who saw that! :derpytongue2:

>>4240362

No issue, brah. The story isn't perfect, as it suffers from a giant, glaring plothole the size of Phoenix... but I will guarantee you will not even notice it until after you read it. It has flaws, but it doesn't detract from the story.

>>4240359

Pretty much. It was a gateway story. All downhill from there...

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer
#50 · 35w, 5d ago · 2 · · Chapter 20 ·

Oh good, I wasn't happy with the first chapter of my audiobook for this, so now I have a good reason to start over. Welcome to Fimfic! :D

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